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Dr. Randall J. Webb, '65, '66 


Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast, the people 
of Northwestern State University - our students, faculty, staff, alumni and 
friends - were there immediately to help those who had been devastated by these storms. 

Education is our primary mission, but Northwestern is also here to serve the people of Loui- 
siana and the region in other ways. 

Before Katrina struck, the Red Cross utilized our Health and Human Performance Building 
as a shelter. The shelter stayed open for more than four weeks, housing as many as 750 people. 
Prather Coliseum was also used as a shelter for several days after Hurricane Rita. 

The Northwestern family worked with the Natchitoches community to provide for the needs 
of those in shelter, which ranged from clothing and personal items to providing activities for chil- 
dren. Many NSU employees and students volunteered their time at the shelter in addition to main- 
taining their regular work or class schedule. A number of employees and students also gave their 
time to helping out area churches and organizations which also provided shelter for evacuees. 

Alumni such as Katherine (Coke) Robbins took a more active role in assisting evacuees by 
organizing an effort to gather donations of supplies and ship them from their hometown in Colo- 
rado to Natchitoches. Supporters of Northwestern also did a little something extra by donating to 
the Hurricane Relief Fund established at the NSU Foundation. This fund provided needed assis- 
tance to students who were no longer able to depend on their family to help them pay for their 
college expenses. 

In the aftermath of Katrina, the university immediately began working to assist students whose 
college or university could not operate because of the storm. Northwestern was able to help 1 50 
students by enrolling them for the semester and deferring payments until their home institution 
could assess their financial situation. Northwestern joined a nationwide consortium of 100 col- 
leges and universities, which offered free online classes to displaced students under a program 
called the Sloan Semester. 

The university helped its sister institution, McNeese State, by arranging for food and shelter 
for 31 international students, who were displaced by Hurricane Rita. NSU also allowed McNeese's 
football team to use Turpin Stadium while its stadium was unavailable. 

The Northwestern family has shown an incredible willingness to help others over the last few 
months. Their generosity and giving spirit has made me proud to be part of Northwestern. I know 
you are proud of them too. 

Dr. Chris Maggio, '85, '91 

Director of Alumni and Development 

Alumni and friends, 

Following the success of another memorable NSU Homecoming 
weekend, I am greatly encouraged to hear many graduates and friends 
of the university express interest in supporting the development of an 
Alumni Plaza. We are always looking for ways to draw our alumni into involvement with the 
University and this is certainly a visible way to be part of the NSU legacy. 

All supporters of Northwestern are invited to participate in the development of the Alumni 
Plaza, The engraved bricks, tiles and other fixtures can be purchased for yourself, your graduate 
or your business. You may wish to leave a lasting legacy for a beloved professor, your Greek 
brothers and sisters, a parent or grandparent or someone who was a mentor to you. Former 
faculty and staff who hold a special place in their hearts for NSU are also invited to support this 
endeavor. ■ 

The plaza will be prominently located in the Creative and Performing Arts complex and will 
not only beautify the campus, but will provide a gathering place for students and visitors. Imagine 
future visitors to our campus pausing in the Plaza, reading the names engraved there and feeling 
a connection to the history of Northwestern. 

As an individual, family or corporate sponsor, your generous contribution to this historic project 
will also support the Alumni Plaza Scholarship Fund to help recruit and retain outstanding students. 
Please consider supporting the future of Northwestern by becoming part of the university's history. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XV Number 4 Winter 2005 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 01,5480) is published 

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President Jimmy Williams 

Alexandria, 1993 

Vice President K. Michael Sawrie 

Alexandria, 1972 

Secretary-Treasurer, Jerry Brungart 

Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Executive Director Dr. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Brandon Scott Andrews Baton Rouge, 1992 

Dane Broussard Houston, Texas, 1986 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969. 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

MattKoury Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

Kip Patrick Shreveport, 1995 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Joseph B, Stamey Natchitoches, 1983 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Ricky Walmsley Covington, 1985 

Ginger Wiggins Metairie, 1986 

J. Michael Wilburn Shreveport, 1975 

Jimmy Williams Alexandria, 1993 

Dr. Leonard A. Williams ... New Orleans, 1993 


Alan Seipert Winnsboro, Texas 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 

spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Dr Chris Maggio, 1985, 1991 


Jennifer Wilbanks Anderson, 1997 


Leah Pilcher Jackson, 1994 

David West 

Doug Ireland, 1986 

Flavia Belo, senior Journalism Major 

Shelly Roberts, junior Journalism Major 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann, 1975 

NSLT Press Publications Office 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices. 

Alumni News 


Northwestern State 

University of Louisiana 


Alumni Plaza to give you a chance to contribute to NSU's campus 


Alumni and friends of Northwestern State 
University have a new opportunity to enhance the 
Natchitoches campus by contributing toward the 
construction of the Alumni Plaza. 

The Alumni Plaza will be located in the outdoor 
area between the Orville Hanchey Gallery and the 
A. A. Fredericks Auditorium. Construction will 
begin next year when sufficient funds are raised. 

"The Alumni Plaza is intended to be a tribute 
to those whose paths led them to and through 
Northwestern State University," said President Dr. 
Randall J. Webb. "We want to create a tranquil 
setting that will be enjoyed by all who visit the 
campus and also encourage patrons to leave a 
personal remembrance of their experience at NSU." 
Donations from alumni and friends of 
Northwestern will pay for construction and 
maintenance of the Alumni Plaza. Several levels of 
donations have been established. Those who 
contribute can do so in their own name or the name 
of their business. They can also recognize a family 
member, a brother or sister in a Greek organization, 
mentor or a member of Northwestern's faculty or 

The landscaped Plaza will have as its 
centerpiece a multi-tiered fountain 
made possible by a donation from 
Dan and Lilly Chase. The fountain 
area will be surrounded by 
wrought iron benches and 
decorative light posts. 

Twenty wrought iron benches 
are available at $2,000 each. The 
benches will blend with the 
campus' architectural style and 
can be designed with the name of 
a donor or family wrought within the bench. 

The Alumni Plaza will include eleven 
traditional lampposts to compliment the Plaza and 
surrounding buildings. The posts are available for a 
gift of $ 1 ,500 and will include a 1 2" by 1 2" granite 
tile at the base of each lamp for the name of the 

A gift of $1,000 will provide the Plaza with 
one of eight crepe myrtle trees designed to 
symbolize the growth and vitality of Northwestern. 
The trees will be marked with a 12" by 12" granite 
tile recognizing the donors. 

Those wishing to help the Alumni Plaza become 

Dan and Lilly Chase blazed the trail in supporting the 
development of the Alumni Plaza by purchasing the 
multi-tiered fountain that will be the centerpiece of 
the plaza. The fountain will commemorate the 
couple's 50"" wedding anniversary. 

a reality can also purchase a 12" by 12" granite tile 
for $300. These granite tiles will surround the 
fountain and can contain up to three lines of 13 
characters including spaces. 

Donors can also purchase a brick paver which 
will be used to construct the Plaza at $100 each. 
The bricks can have a maximum of three lines of 
13 characters each including spaces. 

"The Alumni Plaza will become a permanent 
part of Northwestern and I believe it will become 
one of the most popular spots on campus," said 
Director of Alumni and Development Dr. Chris 
Maggio. "This project will help beautify our historic 
campus and help us remember those who made 
Northwestern the outstanding university it is today." 

According to Maggio, donations to the project 
will also create the Alumni Plaza Scholarship Fund, 
which will help NSU recruit and retain outstanding 

"Alumni and friends of Northwestern will play 
a role in developing future alumni by supporting 
this project," said Maggio. "This is a unique project 
that can be a lasting benefit to the university in many 

Maggio credited Bill Brent, director of the Mrs. 
H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative 
and Performing Arts, with proposing the project. 
He thanked architect Larry Richards, graduate 
assistant Drake Owens of the Office of Alumni and 
Development and the NSU Physical Plant for their 
work on the Alumni Plaza. 

For more information on participating the 
Alumni Plaza, call (318) 357-4243. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2005 / 1 

Campus News 

Seven alumni honored with Long Purple Line Induction 

Seven Northwestern 
State University 
alumni have been 
inducted into the NSU Hall of 
Distinction, the Long Purple Line 
for 2005. This year's inductees 
are Dr. Robert Most of 
Natchitoches, Ellis Coutee, Melva 
Juanita Martinez Coutee and Tom 
F. Phillips of Baton Rouge, 
Maxine Roge' Johnson of 
Shreveport, John R. McConathy 
of Bossier City and Ken Moran 
of Alexandria. 

Induction into the Long 
Purple Line is the highest honor 
Northwestern bestows on its 

Dr. Robert Alost served as 
president of Northwestern State 
University from 1986 until 1996, 
helping lead the university back to 
prominence. During his tenure, NSU 
began an unprecedented period of 
growth, enrolling more than 9,000 
students for the first time in school 

"I was surprised to receive this 

honor," said Alost, who started the 
Long Purple Line during his presidency 
in 1990. "There are a lot of alumni who 
have done a lot more than I have." 

While Alost was president. 
Northwestern created the Louisiana 
Scholars' College and was of the first 
universities in the country to enter the 
Joint Venture Program (JOVE) with 

Alost, a 1957 graduate of 
Northwestern was a faculty member at 
the university from 1963 until 1968, 
head of the Department of Health and 
Physical Education from 1968 until 
1975 and dean of the College of 
Education from 1975 until 1982. He 
was co-founder of the Louisiana School 
for Math Science and the Arts and 
director of the school from 1982 to 

"I had some great mentors among 
the people who taught me in high 
school and college and I listened to 
them," said Alost. "I remember coach 
Walter Ledet telling me that you can do 
amazing things through teamwork and 
that's what happened at Northwestern 
beginning in 1986." 

Alost received a master's from 
Northwestern in 1958 and a doctorate 

He has been a financial 
consultant since 1996. 

Ellis Coutee , a 1960 graduate 
in accounting, was a senior agent & 
life/fire casualty insurance specialist in 
the Examination Division of the U.S. 
Treasury Department for 30 years. He 
is an enrolled agent with Coutee & 
Coutee Tax Consultants in Baton 

"Initially I was amazed. Perhaps 
flabbergasted would be more fitting," 
said Mr. Coutee. "At the top or center 
of my reaction is a feeling of 
humbleness. The Long Purple Line 
honor bestowed by NSU is indeed an 
honor to be proud of, yet it must be 

Juanita Coutee , a native 
of Zwolle, is a 1958 graduate of 
Northwestern in mathematics and 
business. She earned a master's 
degree in mathematics in May 
1960 from Northwestern. Juanita 
Coutee worked for Exxon 
Corporation in Baton Rouge for 33 
years and was the company's first 
female professional employee and 
first female supervisor. 

"Northwestern took a 
country girl who loved books and 
problem solving and developed 
her into a young lady who wasn't 

one that is accepted in the proper 
context and without an^ogance or 
change in our lives." 

He is active in church and civic 
affairs as a member of St. Thomas 
More Catholic Church, and the 
Knights of Columbus where he was an 
elected state officer for eight years. 
Ellis Coutee is also a member of the 
Downtown Lions Club and is a life 
member of the Louisiana Lions Camp 
and the Louisiana Lions Eye 

"NSU laid the cornerstone in my 
life with a strong foundation structured 
to withstand the thrills of joy and the 
sportsmanship of losing," said Mr. 
Coutee. "I knew that there would be 
many opportunities afforded me with 
an undergraduate degree in 
accounting. However, I also learned 
that there would be many obstacles, 
roadblocks and temptations to deal 
with. My value system was enhanced 
as a student at NSU and my departure 
in 1960 was filled with honesty, high 
morals and principles, intrinsic values 
and a keen desire to succeed from a 
life of poverty." 

afraid to tackle any task," said 
Mrs. Coutee. "My studies in 
mathematics, education, business 
and accounting as well as varied 
electives provided me with the 
background needed to be able to 
'talk the talk' of clients of various 
fields. Even some of the 
instructors who were knowledge- 
able but not good teachers 
helped, for they forced me to 
research for myself." 

She is a member of St. 
Thomas More Catholic Church. 

"I was shocked but delighted 
since I have passed the point in 
my life for awards," said Mrs. 
Coutee. "I assume that my honor 
is due to my support for my 
husband who works actively in the 
support of NSU." 

The Coutees have assisted 
Northwestern by establishing an 
endowed professorship in the 
Department of Mathematics and 
an endowed scholarship for NSU 
students in accounting, mathemat- 
ics or nursing. 

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Maxine Johnson , a 1962 
graduate in nursing, is director of 
Grants, Planning and Development 
and an associate professor of 
nursing at NSU. She has been a 
member of Northwestern's faculty for 
39 years, working at Northwestern's 
Baton Rouge nursing campus from 
1964 to 1969 and in Shreveport since 
1971. She also received a Master's 
of Science in Nursing from the 
University of Maryland at Baltimore. 

"The only thing I can say that I 
was awestruck to receive this honor," 

John McConathy , a 1951 
graduate in health and physical 
education, had a successful 31- 
year career as an educator in 
Bienville and Bossier Parishes. He 
served 12 years as superintendent 
of schools in Bossier Parish before 
retiring in 1983. McConathy also 
eamed a master's in administra- 
tion from Northwestern in 1960. 

1 was extremely honored to 
be considered and happy to be 
chosen. It's a good feeling when 
there are so many who are worthy 
of such an honor," said 
McConathy. "Northwestem gave 
me the basic education I needed 
to be prepared for life after I got 

said Johnson. "It was the greatest 
thing that has happened to me at 

In 2004, Johnson was inducted 
into the Louisiana State Nurses 
Association Hall of Fame. She was a 
member of the Louisiana State Board 
of Nursing under three governors 
from 1989 until 1998 and a member 
of Gov. Mike Foster's Higher 
Education Transition Team. 

A decorated veteran, Johnson 
retired as a colonel in the Army 
Nurse Corps of the U.S. Anriy 
Reserve in 2000 after 28 years of 
service. She was chief nurse of the 
807"^ Medical Brigade, a member, of 
the Advisory Council to Chief, Army 
Nurse Corps for Reserve Affairs and 
chief nurse of the 94th General 

"When I was growing up, I 
loved science and had an older sister 
who was a nurse. So I followed 
nursing as a goal," said Johnson. 
"The degree I got at Northwestem 
opened other opportunities to go to 
graduate school, teach and go into 
the Army. 

"I studied nursing on the Baton 
Rouge campus and had several 
faculty who were outstanding role 
models. I aspired to be as good as 
they were." 

An Ail-American basketball 
player at Northwestem, 
McConathy was selected in the 
first round of the NBA draft in 
1951. He is a member of the 
Graduate "N" Club Hall of Fame, 
the Louisiana Association of 
Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame 
and the Hall of Distinguished 
Educators at NSU. 

McConathy was an agent 
with New York Life Insurance for 
21 years and was named 
Businessman of the Year by the 
Bossier Parish Chamber of 
Commerce in 2004. He is also 
chairman of the board of Citizen's 
National Bank. 

"While at Northwestern, I 
was able to develop some of the 
people skills that helped me later 
on," said McConathy. "At home, I 
was taught that everyone was 
important and that I should do my 
best. I learned to apply myself and 
develop the skills that I had. My 
attitude was that if you push 
people up, they would help pull 
you up." 

Ken Moran is an 

entrepreneur who has built 
several successful businesses 
from scratch. He is owner of 
Recycling Services Inc., which 
encompasses four companies, 
RSI Paper Mill, Ken Moran 
Trucking Co. Inc., and Pac-More 

"It's an honor and I'm proud 
of it," he said. "There are some 
fine people on that list who have 
done a lot for the college." 

A Natchitoches native. 

Moran eamed a degree in 
business administration from 
Northwestem in 1963. He started 
his first paper recycling business 
in 1978 with no money, doing the 
work himself. That company now 
services retail and grocery chains 
in six states. Trucking is a large 
component of recycling, so 
Moran started a trucking 
company that ains all over the 
United States. 

"To be successful in 
business, you've got to have 
some luck and you've got to be a 
gambler," Moran said. "I worked 
hard, got lucky and educated 
myself." He also places high 
value on dedicated employees 
and treating reliable wori<ers 

Moran's paper mill in 
Alexandria, cun^ently under 
construction, is the fulfillment of a 
dream for him. The mill will 
produce roofing felt for use in 
new housing and will allow him to 
expand his company even more. 
Moran has been able to help the 
community by contributing space 
for the Alexandria Food Bank and 
providing fork lifts to unload 
tnjcks of food items. 

Tom Phillips , a 1949 

graduate of Northwestem, is a native 
of Many. After earning a law degree 
at LSU, and serving in the Judge 
Advocate General Corps, he joined 
the one of the state's most respected 
law finns, Taylor, Porter, Brooks, 
Fuller & Phillips. 

"I was totally surprised to 
receive this honor since it has been 
a long time since I finished at 
Northwestem," said Phillips. "I keep 
up with activities at the university 
and have returned for reunions." 

Phillips became a partner in the 
firm in 1958 and served as managing 
partner from 1990 until 1999. He 
retired as a partner in 1999 and 
continues now as "of counsel" status 

with the firm. 

Phillips was a generalist in the 
practice of law with emphasis on civil 
litigation. During the first years of his 
career, he was active in insurance 
defense, maritime and labor matters, 
and began representing utility 
companies in legislative and 
regulatory matters. Beginning in the 
mid-1 970's, the majority of his 
practice evolved to the federal courts 
involving controversies in natural gas 
supply contracts, oil and gas 
exploration and lease disputes, 
antitajst actions, bankaiptcy, lenders 
liability, and directors and officers 
liability actions. In later years, a 
significant portion of his practice was 
devoted to representation of an 
electric public utility before federal 
and state regulatory agencies and 

"I really enjoyed Northwestem," 
said Phillips. "I was not noted for 
being a scholar, but when I hit law 
school, I was prepared. I had some 
wonderful teachers who I held in the 
highest regard." 

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Alumni News 

NSU Hearing campaign goal 

Northwestern State University is close to reaching 
the goal of raising $18.84 million in the 
university's first capital campaign. Through mid- 
October, NSU has raised $17.5 million with just 
longer than two years to go in the campaign. 

This campaign has raised awareness of giving to 
Northwestern State," said Director of 
Alumni and Development Dr. Chris 
Maggio. "It has broken down some of the 
myths that our alumni do not have the 
capacity to give because of our roots as a 
traditional normal school." 

The campaign, "For A Brighter 
Tomorrow," is raising funds for endowed 
scholarships, endowed professorships and 
chairs, faculty/staff support, athletics and 
other needs at the University. The $18.84 
million goal corresponds to the year 
Northwestern was founded, 1 884. 

"We have shown that Northwestern is 
capable of fundraising," said Maggio. 
"Alumni and friends have an affinity for 
Northwestern and recognize the important 
role the university played in their lives. 
Many times in the past, they weren't asked 
to give. We have also opened up new 
avenues for giving." 

NSU has received three endowed 
chairs worth $1 million each and 15 
endowed professorships worth $100,000 
each since the campaign begin. The 
University is awaiting matching funds for 
one endowed chair and three endowed 
professorships. Pledges for two additional 
endowed professorships have been made. 

An endowed chair or professorship is 
created by a benefactor to fund the 
academic activities and research of a faculty member who has 
established a record of excellence in a specific academic 
discipline. Interest from the endowed chairs and professorships 
provide needed resources to support faculty innovations in 
teaching, training and continuous improvement. These faculty 
innovations determine the quality of a university's programs and 
its student output. It enhances the reputation of the university. 

"These academic chairs and professorships are very important 
to the university because they allow Northwestern to attract and 
retain faculty who are respected in their field," said Acting Provost 
and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Thomas Hanson. 
"Top faculty considers the availability of private support when 
determining whether to accept a position. Because of this support, 
Northwestern can attract faculty with national and international 

Maggio emphasized that all contributors have played a role 
in the campaign. 

"We have emphasized both the large and small gifts and have 
created a spirit of giving to help the university," said Maggio. 
"We are appreciative of all those who care enough about 

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Northwestern to help because by working together, we have been 
able to do some great things." 

The Capital Campaign also includes grants and donations 
from businesses and other private entities as well as state and 
federal agencies. 

"Our faculty have played a major role by creating and 
obtaining grants from partnerships," said 
Maggio. "This has allowed Northwestern 
to expand and enhance its academic 
programs to better serve our students. For 
the university to thrive, we have to seek 
outside funding and not remain wholly 
dependent on state resources." 

Maggio said all areas of the university 
have put out a unified effort. 

"Our faculty and staff understood that 
the impact that this campaign could have 
on the university," he said. "Many of them 
have worked extremely hard for 
Northwestern's benefit." 

NSU's Athletic Department has 
played a big role in the capital campaign. 
The athletic program has had events 
including its recent Scholarship Auction 
to raise funds and has also raised funds to 
improve facilities and to enhance 

"The athletic programs have been part 
of the engine that has made this campaign 
go," said Maggio. "Demon athletics are an 
important part of the university. Their 
department's recent success has 
encouraged more people to get involved." 
Even though the university is close to 
reaching its goal, Maggio doesn't believe 
alumni and friends will pass up the chance 
to further support NSU. 
"We think success will breed success as we near and reach 
our goal," said Maggio. "I don't think someone will decide not to 
give because the goal has been met. It will encourage others to 
get involved once they see success. It's like when a football team 
wins, people don't say I won't support them because they don't 
need it. They see that the team is winning and join in." 

To find out how you can help Northwestern, contact the NSU 
Foundation at (318) 357-4414. 


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Dr, Donald L. Elfert is listed in 
the 2005-2006 edition of Marquis 
Who's Who in Science and 
Engineering. He was also listed in the 
1991 and subsequent editions of 
Marquis Who's Who in the South and 
Southwest. Elfert earned his BS in 
industrial arts education in 1954 and 
his MS in Industrial Education in 1959. 
Both degrees are from NSU. He is a 
retired associate profession of 
engineering at McNeese State 
University. He held many positions, 
including chairman of the Gulf 
Southwest Section, in the American 
Society for Engineering Education. He 
has also won awards for his service to 
the organization. 

Benton Mayor and former NSU 
student David Riggins is the President 
of the Louisiana Municipal 
Association. The organization was 
created to promote progressive 
leadership, efficient public services and 
effective governmental performance of 
elected officials. 

Dr. Kendi Hensel Piiti received 
the Wyeth Emerging Leader Award 
from the American Osteopathic 
Foundation. The award was established 
to recognize and honor osteopathic 
physicians who exhibit exemplary 
characteristics of emerging leaders 
within the profession. Pim is an 
assistant professor in the Department 
of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine 
and Family Medicine at the University 
of North Texas Health Science Center 
at Fort Worth. She is a 1993 Louisiana 
Scholars' College graduate. 

Archie Anderson, 1 982 graduate, 
has been named president of Intracorp 
Disability Management, a division of 
CIGNA Group Insurance. In his new 
role with CIGNA, Anderson will have 
primary responsibility for the 
profitability and growth of the 
disability management business, 
setting strategy and leading all 
functional areas including operations, 
field and telephonic case management, 
fee management, marketing, sales and 

Stamey, Williams join Alumni Board of Directors 

The NSU Alumni Relations Board met during Homecoming weekend. Shown are (front) 
Director of Alumni and Development Dr. Chris Maggie, NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, 
Jerry Brungart, Jimmy Williams, K. Michael Sawrie, Bryant Lewis, Matt Koury, (back) 
Brandon Scott Andrews, Gail Jones, Dr. Leonard A. Williams, Carroll Long, Glenn Talbert, 
Joseph B. Stamey, J. Michael Wilburn and Tommy Chester. Not pictured is Kip Patrick. 

Joseph B. Stamey 

Joseph B. Stamey and Dr. Leonard A. 
Williams have been appointed to the 
Northwestern State University Alumni Board 
of Directors. 

Stamey, a 1983 graduate of 
Northwestern State University, is a practicing 
attorney in Natchitoches with Stamey and 
Miller, L.L.C., a professional law 
Stamey earned 
degrees in 

accounting and 
administration at 
NSU in 1983 and 
graduated from 
Tulane Law School 
in 1986. While an 
undergraduate at 
Northwestern, he 
was Student 

Government Association President for two 
years and served for one year on the Board 
of Trustees for State Colleges and 
Universities. He was a member of Phi Kappa 
Phi and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies and 
was named the national undergraduate Kappa 
Sigma Fraternity Man of the Year. 

Stamey's family has close ties to 
Northwestern. NSU alumni in his immediate 
family are his wife Dina, his brothers David 
and James and his grandfather, whose 1 899 
diploma from Louisiana Normal School (as 
NSU was known then) hangs on the wall of 
his office. The Stamey family are avid 
supporters of NSU Athletics and Stamey 
hopes to become more involved in recruiting 
and institutional development. 

"I view this as a way to give back to an 
institution that gave so much to me and my 
family," Stamey said. "One reason 1 chose 
to stay in Natchitoches is because NSU 
enhances the quality of life of this area." 

Stamey is the father of four children, 
Stephen, Josie, Diana, who attends NSU 

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Elementary. Lab School, and Sarah. 

Williams graduated from NSU in 1993 
with a B.A. in broadcast journalism and 
marketing. He earned a master's of education 
at University of New Orleans in 1999 and a 
Ph.D. at UNO in May 2005 in higher 
education administration. He has over 10 
years experience in higher education 
management and 
development. He 
is director of the 
Office of Career 
Services at UNO, 
and is closely 
involved in 
fundraising and 
development. In 
the aftermath of 
Katrina, Williams and his wife, Angela, also 
an NSU graduate, took a temporary residence 
in Natchitoches. 

A native of New Orleans, Williams was 
involved in many campus organizations 
during his undergraduate days, including 
Blue Key, the Student Activities Board, Black 
Student Association and Alpha Phi Alpha 
Fraternity and was a Freshman Connector. 
He was on the staffs of The Current Sauce, 
Potpourri and KNWD. Williams was 
involved in news production for KLAX-TV 
in Alexandria and was news director of 
KZBL-FM in Natchitoches. 

"My interest is to make sure there is an 
outlet for current students to have more 
connection with alumni," Williams said. He 
would like to see reunions among members 
and former members of groups like the 
Student Activities Board throughout the year, 
not just during homecoming. 

"It's been my experience that happy 
students make happy alumni," he said. 

Alumni Coliiinns Winter 2005 / 5 

Campus News 

Chadick named recipient of Distinguished Service Award 

Dr. Stan Chadick and Dr. Randall J. Webb 

Dr. Stan R. 
Chadick has been 
selected as the 
2005 recipient of 
the Distinguished 
Service Award at 
State University. 

Chadicl(, a 
professor of 
mathematics, has 
been teaching at 
since 1 969 and served as the head of the Department of Mathematics 
from 1978-83. He was curriculum coordinator for the Louisiana 
School for Math, Science and the Arts from 1983-85 and was director 
and fellow of the Louisiana Scholars' College from 1986-87. 

Chadick was selected three times as one of NSU's exemplary 
faculty members for the National Distinguished Professor Award 
CASE and served as governor of the Louisiana-Mississippi section 
of the Mathematical Association of America for three years. Chadick 
is the creator and director of Faculty Teaching Circles, a program 
dedicated to the improvement of college teaching. He was selected 
as one of two university faculty to receive the first award for the NSU 
Alumni Association's Outstanding Teacher Award and was one of 
three faculty to receive the University's first Distinguished Faculty 
Chair honor. 

Among scholarly activities, Chadick authored a college algebra 
text, proceeds from which go directly to a travel fund for the NSU 
math department. He has written chapters of material for Louisiana 
Virtual School on Algebra I and a college course for teachers teaching 
Algebra I. He is also co-author of a textbook and 12 monographs 
on finding and keeping a job. He has published 10 papers in the 
last five years on teaching and technology and made several 
presentations at national meetings. 

Chadick is writer or co-writer of numerous successful grants, 
securing over $3.5 million in funding. He served as chair of the 
LaCIP curriculum committee writing the Louisiana curriculum 
framework for grades 5-8. He has served as a consultant to schools 
and parishes in Louisiana, colleges and universities and to the 
Louisiana Department of Education, writing and giving presentations. 
He has been an invited speaker at mathematics conferences, 
professional organizations, schools and civic groups on topics 
including motivation, teaching, mathematics and humor. 

"This is a wonderful award. This is an individual honor, but 
almost all the other things I have done, I did with colleagues, 
especially my spouse," said Dr. Chadick, whose wife, Kathleen 
Chadick, is an instructor of mathematics at NSU. 

"I have been doing this job 36 years and its just as much fun 
today as it was back then," said Chadick, who will retire in December. 
"It's humbling, especially at this point. This is a meaningful award, 
but what's really rewarding is to get an e-mail or a letter and a student 
say "You had a profound affect on my life,' two or three of those 
really sustain you." 

NSU recognizes six faculty with Excellence in Teaching Awards 

, ix outstanding educators at 
Northwestern State University 
. _ were recognized for their 
contributions to the university and their 
individual colleges as recipients of 
NSU's Excellence in Teaching Awards. 
The six honorees, who were selected 
by their peers, were presented at the 
annual Homecoming banquet on 
Friday, Oct. 14 and recognized during 
half-time of the Homecoming game on 
Saturday, Oct. 15. 

The faculty and their respective 
colleges are Joe Morris, College of 
Liberal Arts; Mollie M. Moody, College 
of Nursing; Robert Gillan, Ed.D., 
College of Education; Dr. Jack P. 
Russell, College of Business; Jean 
D'Amato Thomas, Louisiana Scholars' 
College, and Richard DeVault, College 
of Science and Technology. 

Joe Morris 

Morris is the 
coordinator of the 
Criminal Justice 
Program at NSU and 
teaches classes in 
criminal justice and 
sociology. During his 
career, he has served 
as an instructor for 
the U.S. Navy, a 
police academy 
adjunct instructor and a college-level 
instructor. He holds a master's degree in 
criminal justice and has more than 20 years 
experience in law enforcement, including 
positions of management, patrol, 
investigations, training and identification. 
Morris's areas of expertise are Fourth 
Amendment, search and seizure, police 
stress, community policing and electronic 

Morris has been instrumental in the 
development of the Criminal Justice Program 
at Northwestern. When the program began 
in 1997, he was the only professor in the 
program teaching 25 criminal justice majors. 
Today, there are more than 400 criminal 

justice majors seeking both associate and 
bachelor degrees. Morris has overseen the 
development of the program's on-line classes 
and has authored numerous grants totaling 
in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for 
professional law enforcement development 
and community policing programs. He has 
authored several resource and instruction 
guides focusing on varied aspects of the 
criminal justice field. 

Moody has been 
an assistant professor 
of nursing since 2001, 
instructing clinical, 
theory and laboratory 
nursing classes that 
focus on maternal/ 
newborn and 

women's health, 
community health, 
medication dosage 
calculations, basic nursing skills, surgical 
nursing skills and health assessment. During 
her career, she has also taught theory and 
clinical classes in nursing ethics, pediatrics, 
pharmacological aspects of nursing and 
psychiatric mental health. 

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Mollie M. Moody 

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Excellence in Teaching Awards continued from page 6 

Moody began her career as a registered 
nurse in 1972 and moved into nursing 
education in 1982. She earned BSN and 
MSN degrees and has worked with several 
hospitals and universities as both a nurse and 
nursing instructor. She has served on several 
NSU College of Nursing committees, 
including the Student Affairs Committee, 
Curriculum Committee, Coordinators 
Committee and Summer Appeals Committee. 
She served on Level 1 Faculty Committee 
and was coordinator of Level 3 Faculty 
Committee. Moody holds membership in 
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Louisiana 
State Nurses Association and the Shreveport 
District Nurses Association. Among her 
research projects are investigating how 
Internet and lab instruction affects the 
proficiency of clinical nursing students and 
information literacy for evidence-based 

G i 1 1 a n 
developed and directs 
Technology. the 
largest graduate 
concentration at 
Northwestern and 
one of the largest 
programs of its kind 
in the nation. He 
currently serves as 
professor to more than 300 students and 
advises hundreds of Louisiana educators 
seeking technology certification. Dr. Gillan 
pioneered the development of web-based 
instruction and taught the university's first 
Internet courses. He has collaborated with 
faculty to support grants for program funding 
and coauthored the proposal that helped 
NSU's College of Education receive one of 
the 10 Microsoft Innovative Teacher Program 
grants in the United States. 

Gillan has authored or co-authored 
numerous internationally refereed 
technology journal articles and a book 
chapter. He has served on the editorial board 
for three professional journals, co-editor of 
an online journal and played an active role 
in the leadership of state and international 
professional technology organizations. Last 
year, he delivered the keynote address to a 
state conference and provided a spotlight 
session for an international conference. 

Since 1999, Russell has held the 
Morrison Professorship and has chaired the 
NSU's Computer Information Systems 
program. Russell sponsored NSU's Student 
Association of Information Systems 
Professionals guiding them to five 

Dr. Robert Gillan 

consecutive first place 
championships in 
systems analysis at 
the National 

Championship and 
has earned both the 
"Go the Extra Mile" 

Dr. Jack P. Russell 

award and the 
Distinguished Service 
Award from AITP. In 2003, Russell was 
recognized with Outstanding Service Award 
for dedicated service to Northwestern State 
University. Under Russell's leadership as 
CIS coordinator, NSU's CIS program has 
been nationally recognized by three major 
companies as a preferred institution for 

Russell is a past business leaders 
professor and has taught nearly two dozen 
information systems courses. He has 
authored several textbooks focusing on 
business modeling, business logic and design 
and computers in education and has 
published countless articles related to 
teaching program designs and systems 
analysis. Russell pioneered curriculum 
development of courses on e-commerce, 
systems analysis and database design and has 
supervised many student projects that created 
databases and systems for area businesses. 
Among Russell's numerous professional 
activities, he serves on the board of directors 
of the Institute for the Certification of 
Computing Professionals and served as the 
national president for the Foundation for 
Information Systems Education. 

D ' A m a t o 
Thomas is a 
professor of Classics 
and art history, 
specializing in 
Italian studies. She 
has served as 
advisor and work 
staff supervisor and 
developed an abroad 
study course, held in 
Rome and southern Italy every two years. 
D'Amato Thomas developed several courses 
at the Louisiana Scholars' College focusing 
on the Classical tradition in art, Greek and 
Roman art, Greek and Latin elements in 
English, comedy and satire in the ancient 
world and an interdisciplinary study of art 
and science. D'Amato has published 
numerous articles relating to Classical and 
Medieval literature and is currently 
completing a scholarly book on formation of 

Or Jeafi D'Amato Thomas 

antiquarian tradition. 

D'Amato Thomas has lectured 
extensively at conferences and symposiums 
in the United States and abroad. Throughout 
her career, she has been extensively involved 
in Classical associations and societies and has 
made presentations to elementary and 
secondary students. She has served as 
advisor on curriculum development at other 
universities as well as on commissions to 
develop foreign language instruction 
requirements. D'Amato Thomas has 
authored numerous grants through the 
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 
the National Endowment for the Humanities 
and, most notably, the Fulbright Commission, 
which brought a Fulbright Scholar-in- 
Residence program to NSU in 2002. 
D'Amato Thomas was the 1992 recipient of 
the Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award, 
awarded annually to an outstanding faculty 

DeVault is an 
associate profes.sor of 
teaching several 
levels of finite math, 
calculus, differential 
equations, complex 
variables and other 
advanced di.sciplines 
of mathematics. He 
also supervises senior 

Dr. Richard DeVault 

research projects and directs students' master 
theses. DeVault has published dozens of 
complicated research articles in mathematical 
journals and conference proceedings and 
made countless presentations on stability and 
behavior of numbers, recursive sequences, 
solutions and difference equations and their 

In 2001. DeVault received NSU's 
Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award and 
earlier this year received the Distinguished 
University Teaching Award from the 
Louisiana-Mississippi Mathematical 
Association of America. Since 1996. he has 
been a scientist with the NASA/JOVE 
scholarship program and has been director 
of that program since 1999. He has served 
on an internal grant evaluation committee, 
the University Planning Council and the 
Faculty Senate. He has refereed and/or 
reviewed many papers for several 
mathematical journals and is currently the 
chair of the mathematics section of the 
Louisiana Academy of Sciences. He holds 
membership in several honor societies, 
including the American Mathematical 
Society and Phi Kappa Phi. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2005 / 7 

Alumni News 

Barry Smiley Professorship in 
Marketing created 

An endowed professorship created in memory 
of Dr. Barry Smiley, who served as dean of the 
College of Business at NSU and a member of the 
faculty has been completed. 

The Barry Smiley Professorship in Marketing 
was created with gifts from alumni, friends of the 
university and businesses. The $60,000 which was 
raised to create the professorship will be matched 
with $40,000 from the Board of Regents Support 
Fund to create a $100,000 endowed professorship, 

An endowed professorship is created to fund 
the academic activities and research of a faculty 
member who has established a record of excellence 
in a specific academic discipline. Interest from the 
endowed professorship provides needed resources 
to support faculty innovations in teaching, training 
and continuous improvement. These faculty 
innovations determine the quality of a university's 
programs and its student output and the reputation 
of the university. 

"It is gratifying to know that many people 
thought so much of my father and were willing to 
contribute toward this professorship," said Elizabeth 
Smiley Brown, who is Smiley's daughter. "It is nice 
that his memory will go on his chosen profession." 

Smiley, who died in 2000, served as dean of 
the College of Business at Northwestern from 1990 
through 1998. Under his guidance, the College of 
Business earned accreditation from the Association 
of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs and 
the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of 

From 1986-90, Smiley served as director of the 
Small Business Development Center at NSU while 
continuing as a professor of marketing. For three 
years, from 1983 to 1986, he was dean of the 
College of Business and Applied Science. Prior to 
coming to Northwestern, Smiley was chairman and 
professor in the Department of Business 
Administration at Louisiana College in Pineville. He 
also was on the faculty at Columbus College in 
Columbus, Ga., and East Texas State University in 

In addition to his professional career. Smiley 
was active in the Natchitoches Chamber of 
Commerce and other civic and community activities. 

"He had a passion for the city of Natchitoches, 
Northwestern and the College of Business," said 
Brown. "That passion spread to other people and 
with them he was able to accomplish important 
things for the College of Business such as achieving 
accreditation and moving into Russell Hall." 

Smiley also began an active fundraising effort 
in the College of Business, helping obtain funds for 
its first three endowed professorships. The College 
of Business has 11 endowed professorships and 
one $1 million endowed chair, which is awaiting 
matching funds. 

Molly Beach (■02), Lindsey Wright 
Wilson ('01) and Kim Wright ('85) 
tailgate before the NSU vs Lafayette 

Mary Dranguet ('64), Sandra 
McCullen and Margaret Berry are 
getting ready to cheer NSU. 

Babe and Steve Cole ('51) 
enjoy food and fun before 
the game. 

Mayor Wayne McCullen ('65) and 
Rob Posey ('01) share a few laughs 
before the NSU vs Lafayette game. 

Adam Swales ('97), Kristi Cooley 
Simms ('03) and Clint Loggins ('OC 
are catching some shade before tt i 
big game. 

Retirees Reception at JHomecoming 


Mary Lee Posey ('47) and Ellis 

Melder ('61 ) are all smiles at the 

2005 Retirees Reception at 


Rose ('53) and Tom Clinton enjoy a 
meal at the Retirees Reception, 

Arnold ('49) and Juanita Kilpatrick 
('49) at the 2005 Retirees Receptior 
at Homecoming 

Dean of the University College Dr. 
Sue Weaver ('63), Colleen 
Lancaster ('47) and Marion Nesom 
('41) enjoy a meal at the 2005 
Retirees Reception at Homecoming. 

Gordon and Charlsie Coker 
reminisce about past memories 
at the Retirees Reception at 

Alumni Golf Tournament 

Jeanette McDonald, Dr. Tom Burns 
and Kathleen Chadick share a few 
laughs at the Retirees Reception at' 

Mike Coins ('86), Jason Shapkoff, Matt Koury ('95) 
and current NSU student Caleb Landry prepare for 
the Alumni Golf Tournament. 

Dylan Payne ('98), Matt Gandy ('99), Scooter Perot 
('98) and Brandon Bernard ('98) get ready for their 
match on the green. 

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2005-1955 Football Team Reunion Reception at Homecoming 

DocBankston ,5., or.o 
Roy Undewood ('60) 
share a few laughs 

, s 1955 Football team celebrates their 50" reunion before the Homecoming. From left to nght 
J M. Bourgeois, Gary Hickman. Ted Simon. Jack Rogers, Coach Walter Ledet. Doc 
■ ston. Coach Slim Howell. Back row. Dan Chase, Charles Henaigan, Jim Bruning, Dale 
3jir Bobby Alost, Miles King, Dewey O'Neal. Roy Underwood, John Richard, Cecil Johnson 

■'. Hoffpaiur ('60), Ted Simon ('56), Eddie 
ler ('60), and John Richard ('59) come 

^ether to celebrate their memories of NSU 


The Gary Hickman family at 
the 2005-1955 football team 

The Miles King family at 
the 2005-1955 football 
team reunion 

2005 Dallas Capital Campaign Party 

St Stan Broome ('93) 
d NSU President Dr. 
bb address the 
est at the 2005 
JIas Capital 
mpaign Party. 

Sharon Sampite Waskom Jeffery Burkett and Richard Zulick 

('85) and Gene Daniel (67) (71 ) listen to host. Stan Broome, 

enjoy food and conversation at the 2005 Dallas Capital 

at the 2005 Dallas Capital Campaign Party 
Campaign Party. 

2005 Alumni Band Reunion 

Guests at the ^UU5 Dallas Capital 
Campaign Party listen to a 
speech by the host. 

"ler NSU band member share a few laughs at 
2005 Alumni Band Reunion at Homecoming. 

' Former NSU band 
M student reminisce 
ibout old times over 
'ood and fun at the 
2005 Alumni Band 
Reunion at 

Former NSU band 
members together 
celebrating the 2005 
Alumni Band Reunion 
at Homecoming. 

Former NSU band 
members are all smiles 
at the 2005 Alumni 
Band Reunion at 

Joint venture between 
NSU and Rapides 
Regional Medical Center 
assists Radiologic 

Northwestern State University will 
be able to better serve the growing 
health care needs of central Louisiana 
through a grant of $820,069 from 
Rapides Regional Medical Center to 
assist NSU's radiologic technology 
program. The grant will run through the 
2010-2011 school year. 

The grant will update and expand 
an existing joint venture between NSU 
and Rapides Regional to offer the 
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic 
Technology in Alexandria. For the past 
four years, students in Alexandria have 
a bachelor's in radiologic technology in 
Alexandria and 24 students have 
completed the program. Fourteen of the 
graduates were hired by Rapides 

"The support that Rapides Regional 
provides helps us tremendously." said 
Laura Aaron, director of NSU's 
radiological technology program. "The 
joint venture has been mutually 
beneficial. Rapides Regional came to us 
because of a need to hire bachelor's 
prepared radiologic technologists. We 
were able to meet their need with their 

Under the grant, the university will 
be able to hire additional faculty and 
increase faculty salanes to become more 
competitive. The program is projected to 
produce 10 graduates annually 

Rapides Regional is providing office 
space for faculty and clinical facilities in 
its Radiology Department for student 
clinicals and provides release time for 
designated clinical instnjctors as needed 
for clinical supervision of enrolled and 
assigned NSU students. 

"We would not have a program in 
Alexandria without Rapides Regional," 
said Aaron, 

Northwestern has one of only 26 
bachelor's in radiologic technology 
programs in the United States. The 
program is accredited by the Joint 
Review Committee on Education in 
Radiologic Technology 

Rapides Regional previously made 
a donation to NSU to establish two 
$100,000 endowed professorships in 
radiologic technology 


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Campus News 

College of Education honors Distinguished 
Educators, Friend of Education 

Five Northwestern State University alumni were named Distinguished Educators 
and one alumnus was designated a Friend of Education by the university's College 
of Education. The distinguished group was recognized and honored during 
Northwestem's Homecoming festivities Oct. 15 and inducted into the College of 
Education Hall of Fame. Inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Educators are Joe 
D. Comett of Rogers, Ark., Dan Carr of Natchitoches, James Larry Skinner of 
Stonewall, Robert Crew of Natchitoches and the late R.J. Stoker. Stoker's daughter, 
Becky Kyle, accepted the honor on his behalf. Walter Lee has been named a Friend 
of Education. 

^!^ After graduating from Winnfield 
High School, Carr earned a degree in 
mathematics education and health and 
physical education at Northwestern in 
1955. He earned a masters degree in 
mathematics education and school 
administration at NSU and doctor of 
education in mathematic education and 
school administration from the University 
of Mississippi. Carr began his career 
teaching math, health and physical 
education at Natchitoches High School was 
later head football and track coach. He was 
supervising teacher for mathematics 
student teachers at NSU before serving as 
supervising principal for all student 
teachers at Natchitoches High. Carr was 
principal at Natchitoches High from 1963- 
70 and was director of consolidated high 
schools into Natchitoches Central High 
School from 1970-72. Carr was a professor 
in the College of Education for several 
years until his appointment to department 
head in 1983. He was named dean of the 

College of Education in 1985. He retired 
as director of Institutional Research at NSU 
in 2000, having served in that capacity 
since 1987. 

Among his numerous professional and 
community service endeavors, Carr has 
chaired the Natchitoches Parish School 
Board Citizen's Budget Study Committee 
since 2003. Having served as secretary of 
the Kiwanis Club since 1996, he was 
elected 2003-04 Kiwanis District 11 
Secretary of the Year and the 2004-05 
Kiwanian of the Year. He has chaired the 
Administrative Council at First United 
Methodist Church and served as president 
of the Graduate "N" Club of Northwestern 
State University. He was editor of the 
Louisiana Education Research Journal 
from 1979-94. 

^!4 Cornett earned bachelor's and 
master's degrees in education at 
Northwestern in the early 1960s and 
doctorate in education in 1966 from the 
University of Arkansas. During his career. 

he served as both a middle school teacher 
in Bossier Parish and a professor of 
education, mostly at Texas Tech University, 
where he was chair for many years at the 
Department of Educational Psychology 
and Leadership, the larger of two 
departments in the College of Education. 
His academic interests led him to specialize 
in the areas of curriculum, quantitative 
research design and analysis and statistics. 
He authored eight books and over 50 
journal articles, monographs and technical 
reports and was instrumental in Texas 
Tech's successful move toward Division I 
Research status. Prior to that he taught 
three years at Southeastern Louisiana 
University and served as a mathematics 
teacher at Rusheon Junior High in Bossier 

A native of Waterproof, Comett has 
contributed to NSU through his alumni 
status and, through his research and 
scholarly work in education, has gained 
national and international reputation in his 
field. He has been recognized by 
universities and by scholarly groups for 
sustained records of published research 
over the past three and half decades. 

^?4 Crew earned a bachelor's degree 
at Northwestern in 1965 and a master of 
education degree in 1968. Since 1997, he 
has served as executive assistant to the 
president of Northwestern State University. 
Crew began his career as a teacher in 
Caddo Parish and St. Mary Parish schools. 
He worked for many years in the state 
Department of Education, which he served 
as both deputy superintendent and acting 
deputy superintendent. Also in the 
Department of Education, he served as 
supervisor, assistant director and director 
of the Bureau of Higher Education and 
Teacher Certification, director of the 
Bureau of Continuing Education, and was 
director when those two bureaus merged. 
He also served as acting assistant 
superintendent of academic programs for 
the Department of Education. 

Crew is a member of the NSU 
President's Council, the Association for the 
Preservation of Historic Natchitoches, the 
Natchitoches Historic District 
Development Commission and Phi Kappa 
Phi. He served on numerous evaluation 
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Phifer named Director of NSU's Louisiana Scholars' College 

Dr. Curt 

Phifer has been 

named acting 

director of the 


^^w IC^ Scholars' 

^^^^^^^^ College 

^^H^A^^^^I Northwestern 

^^^MK^^^I State University. 

Dr. Curt Phifer , A professor 

of biology, 
Phifer has been 
a member of the Scholars' College 
faculty since 1988. Prior to coming to 
NSU, he was on research faculty at Duke 
University after earning degrees from the 
University of Kentucky, Florida State 
University and North Carolina State 

Phifer served as the chair of the NSU 
Human Subjects Institutional Review 
board from 2003 until July of this year 
and was president of the NSU Faculty 
Senate from 1999-2001. 

"I view the Louisiana Scholars' 
College as an integral part of NSU, 
offering an attractive alternative to 
students who are seeking a 
comprehensive and interdisciplinary 
honors curriculum in the liberal arts," 
Phifer said. "The primary strengths of 
the Scholars' College are, first its very 
bright and enthusiastic students, and 
second its highly qualified and dedicated 

Recognizing these strengths, Phifer 
hopes to build on the successes of prior 

"My major goals for the coming 
year are to improve recruitment and 
retention so even more students can take 
full advantage of the Scholars' College," 
he said. "I believe an increased 
emphasis on scholarship by both faculty 
and students and implementation of a 
serious service-learning component can 
go a long way toward making the 
College more attractive to potential 

As a research biologist, Phifer's 
interests are in the neural control of 
feeding behavior. His work has been 
published in national and international 
journals and he has contributed chapters 
to several books. He has also obtained 
extramural funding for two substantial 
research grants for NSU. 

Distinguished Educators, Friend of Education continued from page 10 

teams for the National Council for 
Accreditation of Teacher Education 
(NCATE) and for the Southern Association 
of Colleges and Schools (SACS). He 
organized and served on state visiting 
committees for approval of teacher 
education programs at state colleges and 
universities and was an active member of 
the National Association of State Directors 
of Teacher Education and Certification. 

Crew was president of the Louisiana 
State Association of School Personnel 
Administrators. He served as ex officio 
member of the State Advisory Commission 
on Teacher Education and Certification, 
served as a member of the Louisiana 
Teacher Education Professional Standards 
Commission and served on the executive 
committee of the Louisiana High School 
Athletic Commission. He is the 1993 
recipient of the Pelican Chapter of the 
American Business Women's 
Association's "Business Associate of the 
Year" award. He is an ex officio member 
of the Northwestern State University 
Foundation board of directors. 

^?^ Skinner earned an undergraduate 
degree at Northwestern in 1961 , a graduate 
degree in 1967 and completed 30+ hours. 
He is a member of the Graduate "N" Club 
Athletic Hall of Fame, past member of Phi 

Epsilon Kappa at NSU and a member of 
Phi Delta Kappa. 

Skinner was superintendent of schools 
in Sabine Parish for 14 years and was 
principal of Many High School for nine 
years. He coached basketball and taught 
social studies, physical education and 
English. He served as president and vice 
president of the Louisiana Association of 
School Superintendents and chaired and 
served on several Southern Association of 
Elementary and Secondary School 
evaluation committees. 

^ Stoker graduated from Many High 
School in 1927 and from Northwestern in 
1931 or 1932. He did graduate work at 
Colorado State and Stephen F. Austin, 
where he earned a master's degree. Stoker 
was principal at Belmont, Toro, Noble and 
Pleasant Hill schools. While serving at 
Belmont, he was the youngest principal in 
the state, at age 23. He was at Pleasant 
Hill for 20 years. In 1 964, he became state 
director of school food services and 
commodity distribution for the Louisiana 
State Department of Education. He was 
president of the Sabine Teachers 
Association for three terms and was 
president of the Northwest Louisiana 
Principals Group. 

Stoker organized the Louisiana 

Principal's Association and served three 
terms as president. He was president of 
the NSU Alumni Association for two terms 
and served on the Louisiana High School 
Athletic Executive Committee for four 
terms and served as vice president and 
president of the Louisiana High School 
Athletic Association. He is a member of 
the NSU Graduate "N" Club and the 
Louisiana High School Athletic 
Association and Coaches Hall of Fame. 
Stoker was author of a well-received book, 
"Telling It Like It Was," of his memories 
of early education in Sabine Parish. Stoker 
passed away Jan. 8. 2004, in Lake Jackson, 
Texas, at age 93. 

^fS Veteran superintendent Lee is a 
1958 graduate of Northwestern. He was 
elected vice president of the Louisiana 
State Board of Education, representing 10 
parishes in the northwest part of the state. 
Lee was superintendent in DeSoto Parish 
for nearly 1 3 years and has been a member 
of the State Board of Elementary and 
Secondary Education since 1991. Before 
moving to DeSoto Parish, he held the 
superintendency in Caddo Parish for 12 
years. Earlier he served as business 
manager and director of finance in Caddo 


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Campus News 

Fall enrollment affected 
by new admissions 

Northwestern State University had an 
enrollment of 9,847 students for the fall 2005 
semester. Last fall, the student population 
was 10,546. 

The fall 2005 semester was the first 
term for new admissions standards at the 

NSU President Dr Randall J. Webb 
said a decrease in enrollment was expected, 
but the overall figures are better than 
university officials were anticipating. 

"We knew that there would be a drop 
in enrollment during the first semester of 
implementing admission criteria, but in the 
long run the university should see its 
retention rate and graduation rate increase," 
said Webb. "Northwestern will be a stronger, 
more vibrant university which will continue 
to attract outstanding students." 

Northwestern's overall enrollment was 
also impacted by the movement of the 2"" 
Armored Calvary Regiment from Fort Polk 
to Fort Lewis, Wash. NSU's Leesville-Fort 
Polk campus has a large number of active 
duty military and spouses enrolled. 

The university continued to increase 
its out of state enrollment from 707 to 750, 
an increase of six percent. Northwestern has 
stepped up its student recruitment in Texas 
over the last three years. 

Enrollment at other campus sites, 
which includes electronic classes, also 
continues to grow, improving from 1 ,786 to 
2,124 students. This semester, 1,433 
students are enrolled exclusively in distance 
learning classes, 

Northwestern has continued to expand 
its distance education, offering most of its 
Masters of Art in Art and its bachelor's in 
criminal justice online. NSU is also working 
to assist students displaced by Hurricane 
Katrina by offering additional Internet 
classes. The university plans to contribute 
to a partnership between the Sloan 
Foundation and the Southern Regional 
Education Board to provide classes for 
students impacted by the storm. 

"NSU wants to do all it can to help the 
students who could not attend classes at 
their college or university because of 
Hurricane Katrina," said Webb. "The 
university is experienced in providing 
distance education. We will attempt to offer 
as many classes as possible during this 

The university has enrolled 150 
students who were attending colleges and 
universities that closed this semester 
because of Hurricane Katrina. 

NSU to host basketball reunion in the spring 

As the basketball season is right around the corner and teams are getting ready to 
break records, nothing better than a team reunion to remind and celebrate NSU's winning 
tradition. Northwestern State University will host a basketball reunion for former team 
members next February. The women's basketball reunion is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2006, 
while the men's reunion is schedule for Feb. 1 1, 2006. 

The highlight of the reunions will be the presence of former members of the 1985- 
86 Lady Demons basketball team. The 1985-86 squad holds the record for the most 
wins record in school history (25-7). The team lead by former head coach Pat Pierson 
had also best winning 
percentage in school history 
(.781). most field goals in a 
season (1154), and second 
consecutive Gulf Star 
Conference Championship. 
The Lady Demons 
basketball was also invited 
to the Women's National 
Invitational Tournament, 
where they reached the 
championship game, facing 
big schools such as Duke 
University, and earned the 
respect from other teams and 
the crowd. 

The 1985-86 was also 

The 1985-86 Lady Demon Basketball Team were (front) 
Annie Harris, Michelle Efferson, Lonnie Banks, Teresa 
Thomas, Kristy Harris, Monica Lee, (back) Lori Martin, Val 
Williams, Clara Jean Davis, Gussie Leonard, Linda 
Grayson, Sandy Pugh, Julie Harvey & Missy Landreneau. 

brilliant as individuals. Teressa Thomas and Lonie Banks closed their college basketball 
careers with honors and awards. Thomas left the school holding the most assists record 
for a career, season and game, in addition to ending her career as all-time leading free- 
throw shooter. Banks set the school record steals in a career and season, and also put her 
name in the record book for points in the game (42), and most field goals made (21). 
Both guards were All-Gulf Star Conference first team selections and Thomas also earned 
second team All-America honors. 

For more information about the reunion, contact the Athletic Department at (318) 

NSU flag from Iraq helps raise funds at 
Athletic Auction 

A flag emblazoned with the NSU 
logo and signed by U.S. soldiers 
serving in Iraq was one of the 
most popular items up for bid during the 
Athletic Scholarship Auction. The flag was 
purchased by Calvin Braxton who plans 
to hang the NSU flag and an accompanying 
American flag at one of his Ford 
dealerships, either in Leesville or 

The NSU flag was flown over a 
United States military base in Baghdad and 
signed by several members of the 1/15* 
Armor Battalion, all NSU alumni or former 
and current students. The flag was framed 
for the auction, along with an American 

flag, which was flown over the U.S. 
military base in Iraq. The framed items 
also included an engraved plaque and 
photos of the soldiers signing the flag. 

"It's amazing. I've had so many 
people to offer to buy it," Braxton said. 
"But after the auction, I met two of the 
wives of the soldiers that signed it and they 
hugged me and had tears in their eyes. It's 
worth more to keep it." 

Several groups in the Leesville area 
have approached him about putting the 
flags on public display, he said. 

"It's got a lot of sentimental value," 
Braxton said. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2005 / 12 

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Reunion to celebrate 1981 national 
championship, track complex renovation 

Almost 25 years ago, four young men 
placed their names among the elite in 
Northwestern State University's athletic 
history. The 25* anniversary of the Demons' 
NCAA 400-meter relay national 
championship will be celebrated this spring 
as NSU's track and field program holds a 
reunion of former athletes, coaches, trainers 
and managers. 

The reunion, scheduled for March 25 
on campus in Natchitoches, will 
commemorate the remarkable achievement 
of the Demons' relay team at the 1981 
NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field 
Championships in Baton Rouge. Coached 
by Jerry Dyes, the foursome of Mark Duper, 
Mario Johnson, Victor Oatis. and Joe 
Delaney outran teams from Georgia, 
Tennessee and Arizona State, among others, 
to win the national title. Winning that event 
helped to place NSU 11'" in the nation in 
the final team standings for the meet. 

The reunion will also celebrate the long 
awaited renovation of the Walter Ledet 
Track and Field Complex. The facility is 
under construction to accommodate 
relocation of 

some event ^^^^^^^^™^^^^ 
venues and the 
installation of a 
new surface for 
the track, which 
has not been able 
to host 

since 2002. Work 
is scheduled to be 
finished by the 
end of the fall 
Weather issues 
may result in a 
delay completing 
the project, 
however Charles 
Bourg. the 

coordinator of 

athletic facilities 

for Northwestern, said that cold or rainy 
weather could halt the final stage, 
installation of the rubberized track surface 
over an asphalt and concrete base. "If the 
weather gets bad, we might push the 
deadline to March, because with cold and 
rain, the glue will not stick," he said. 

The reconstruction of the track 
complex is a $1.06 million project. The 

"A debt of gratitude is 
certainly owed to Mayor Wayne 
McCiillen and the City of 
Natchitoches, along with State 
Senator Mike Smith and State 
Representative Taylor Townsend, 
for their role in helping secure 
funding for this facility, which 
receives heavy usage from 
campus and community 
constituencies. The renovation 
and reconfiguration of this 
facility will have an immediate 
impact on six of NSU's 14 
Division I sports. " 

—Director of Athletics Greg Burke 

The 1981 Relay Team left to right: Mark Duper. Joe 
Delaney, Victor Oatis and Mario Johnson (bottom) 

original facility, designed in the mid-1970s. 

was outdated because there are many more 
athletes using it now 

'^^^^^^"""^^ due to women's 
competition and the 
addition of some 
events, such as the 
hammer throw. The 
reconfigured the 
facility to better 
support both women's 
and men's events. The 
new configuration is 
also important to 
ensure the athletes' 
safety, so that the area 
inside the track will 
not be too congested. 
The track and 
field season opens Jan. 
^^^^_^^^^_ 14 in Baton Rouge. 
The new track and 

field facility is scheduled to be ready by 

December, assuming proper weather 


For more information about the 
reunion, contact the Athletic Department 
at (3 1 8) 357-525 1 . For information about 
the track and field reconstruction, contact 
Chuck Bourg at (318) 357-4152. 

Holy Cross Cookbook 

Holy Cross Catholic Church is 
pleased to announce that its 
cookbook publication. Cooking with 
Friends of Holy Cross, is now on sale 
and available for a purchase price of 
$12.00 each. 

The book contains over 300 
recipes contributed by Natchitoches 
residents, NSU alumni and staff, and 
friends of Holy Cross and the 
Catholic Student Organization. Also 
contained within its pages are 
historical photographs, a brief 
historical perspective of the church, 
and a section on secret recipes. 

Books are available and will be 
sold on a first-come, first-serve 

Proceeds from this project will 
go towards Holy Cross Church and 
its student programs. 

Cooking with Friends of Holy 
Cross may be purchased by dropping 
by the church office in Natchitoches, 
or by calling 318-352-2615. Mail 
orders are also available at $12.00 
per book plus $5.00 for shipping and 
handling and may be sent to: Holy 
Cross Cookbook, 1 29 Second Street; 
Natchitoches, LA 71457. 

Graduates of the Waterproof Higfi 
School class of 1953 gathered for a 
reunion last fall. Six of the seven 
graduates of W.H.S. that year attended 
and graduated from Northwestern State 
University. From left are, from left, Dr. 
Joe Cornett, Alma Rabb Most, Dr. Dan 
Chase, Irene Trevillion Lee and Harry 
Goodfellow. Not shown is Dr. Mervin 
The reunion was hosted by Dr. Chase. 


Ahinuh Columns Winter 2005 / 13 

Class Notes/Profiles 

Alumni Profile — Melody Heiskell 


Ruby Irene Riddick 
Gibson is retired and 
lives in DeRidder. 


Ray G. Burnham is 
retired, married to 
Betty Baucum 
Burnham ('66) and 
lives in Springhill. 


Peggy Joe Robinson 
Pike is a retired 
teacher, married and 
lives in Homer. 


Bart Stew/art is the 
owner of Reliable 
Uniforms and Duck-n- 
Cover, married to Judy 
Stewart (76) and lives 
in Broussard. 


Doris Hebert 
Westbrook recently 
moved to Texas to 
develop school districts 
with the PAES Labs, 
She is married and 
lives in San Antonio. 


Laura Jane Richard 
Laird is an executive 
assistant at Gallon 
Petroleum Gompany, 
married and lives in 
Natchez, Miss. 


Dr. Jeff Totten is an 
assistant professor of 
marketing at 
Louisiana University 
and lives in Hammond. 
He attended the faculty 
development in 
International Business 
seminar on 
International Marketing 

at the University of 
South Garolina in June 

M. Melissa Gunter 
Semb is an art teacher/ 
specialist, married and 
lives in Sulphur. 


Michael Gassidy is a 
business finance officer 
for King Gounty Metro 
and lives in Bainbridge 
Island, Wash. 


Christy Prince 
Simmons is a health 
systems specialist, 
married and lives in 
Savannah, Ga. 


Margaret G. Glark 
Miller is employed at 
Gommercial Metals 
Gompany, marhed and 
lives in Bedford, Texas. 


Jeffrey Allen Lechman 
is a mortgage manager 
for Citifinancial, 
married and lives in 
Bossier Gity. 


Garolyn J. Goker 
Hayes is a retired 
teacher, married and 
lives in Grand Gane. 


Raymond Nabors is a 
human resource 
specialist at the U.S. 
Army Aviation and 
Missile Gommand and 
lives in Flintville, Tenn. 


Anthony Wann is a 
contracting officer at 
the Pentagon and lives 
in Springfield, Va. 

After evacuating New Orleans in the 
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one Northwestern 
State University graduate returned to her alma 
mater to offer much needed medical skills at 
NSU's Red Gross shelter. 

Melody Heiskell, a 2002 graduate of the 
Louisiana Scholars' Gollege at NSU, spent many 
hours of many days volunteering at the Red Gross 
Shelter's medical clinic, serving the more than 700 
evacuees housed there. The LSU Health Science 
Genter-New Orleans fourth year medical student 
said it was her duty to do what she could to help 
those displaced by the devastation of south 

Heiskell grew up in Shreveport and 
graduated from Scholars' in 2002. She finished a 
pediatric rotation at University Hospital in New 
Orleans on Friday, Aug. 26 before the hurricane 
made landfall on Monday, Aug. 29, and stayed 
with friends during the storm. On Sunday, there 
was no electricity. By Wednesday there was no 
water except that which flooded the streets, and 
looters were roaming the city. Feeling nervous 
about her safety, Heiskell decided to evacuate. 

"I was on my way home to Savannah, Ga., 
and called Northwestern to see if there were any 
empty dorm rooms," said Heiskell. Dr. Gurt Phifer, 
acting director of the Scholars' Gollege, offered 
her his home. Shortly after she arrived in 
Natchitoches, she learned about the Red Gross 
shelter at NSU's Health and Human Performance 
facility. She began volunteering there the next day, 
where most of her time was spent helping the 
evacuees with the challenging task of getting back 
on track with their medications. After a week at 
the shelter. Melody was learning the names of 
some of the evacuees. 

"They identify with me because I'm from New 
Orleans and I know where they're coming from," 
she said. 

"She came in and fell right in and 
volunteered to do anything that needed to be 
done," said fellow volunteer Patricia Bailey, RN. 
"She was eager to do it." 

"A lot of people left their medications at 
home and I'm helping them get them refilled," said 
Heiskell, who worked 6-1 hours a day at the clinic 
with more than 20 other medical volunteers. "We 
are also distributing over-the-counter medicine 
and sending them to the right doctor if we can't 
take care of them at the clinic. If it's serious, we 
tell them to go to the ER or the mental health 

After several days at the shelter, evacuees 
worried about the conditions of their homes began 
asking for tetanus shots and were referred to the 
local health unit. Meanwhile, the Red Gross set 
up accounts at some area pharmacies to help 
those who could not pay for their medications and 
some pharmacies began delivering medications 
to the shelter. 

As for finishing school, Heiskell heard word 
of mouth that the fourth year medical students 
would graduate on time. Heiskell plans to 
specialize in pediatrics and had arranged all 
pediatric rotations for her fourth year. While 

Fourth-year medical student Melody Heiskell, an 
NSU alumna who plans to become a pediatrician, 
plays with 16-month-old Aaliyah Jackson, who 
was brought to the NSU Red Gross medical clinic 
with cold symptoms. After evacuating New 
Orleans, Heiskell spent the weeks in the 
aftermath of Humcane Katrina volunteering at the 
shelter. Aaliyah and her family left their home in 
Lafourche Parish before the Hurricane. 

volunteering at the shelter, she was also trying to 
finish her residency application. 

"I used to say New Orieans was my first 
choice, but now..." She planned to stay in 
Natchitoches until late September, then start 
rotation at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and 
later go on to Northwestern University in Ghicago. 

Heiskell described her own evacuation as 
"boring" compared to the dramatic stories that 
made international headlines. Heiskell said she 
could live with no power and no water, but when 
the looting started. New Orleans became a 
frightening place. The home where she was 
staying was just two blocks from the lnterstate-1 
ramp, so she drove out alone. 

"In retrospect it probably was not the safest, 
but staying was not safe either," she said. Later, 
looters broke into Gharity Hospital, where she was 
scheduled to have started pediatric rotation that 
week. Heiskell's parents in Savannah were 
worried, but she had been in contact with them 
through pay phones. "I'm happy to know that just 
about everyone I know got out," she said. 

Heiskell was unsure about the state of her 
home near Gharity Hospital, but had heard it was 
surrounded by six feet of water. Aside from her 
schoolbooks and some sentimental items, Heiskell 
felt her loss was minimal and brushed off any 
praise for her work at the Red Gross shelter. 

"I feel like every medical student should be 
doing this right now," she said. "It's our duty. If 
we were doing rotation we'd be doing the same 
thing. I hope my classmates are doing the same 

Alumni Columns Winter 2005 / 14 

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Class Notes/Profiles 


Annie R. Bloxson is 
employed by the city of 
Pensacola Fire 
Department as a 
lieutenant and lives in 
Pensacola, Fla. 

Meloney Dawn Scalisi 
Mitchell is a first grade 
teacher at Converse 
School, married and 
lives in Many. 


Jennifer Lea Anderson 
Kelly is director of 
auxiliary services at 
NSU, married to 
Keenan Kelly (90) and 
lives in Natchez. 


Virginia Leigh Grooms 
Titterington is a 
certified wound, 
ostomy, continence 
nurse, married and 
lives in Carthage, 

Harlan Dickson 
Hughes is a financial 
advisor at Legg Mason 
and lives in 

Dr. Carol Ann Bernard 
is an adjunct instructor 
at the University of 
and lives in Houston. 

Douglas Hannah is a 
intraday analyst at 
Accenture and lives in 
Piano, Texas. 


Meloni L. Beltz Hartley 
is a stay at home mom, 
married and lives in 
Grand Junction, Colo. 

Audra Delrie Kirkland 
is a program manager 
at GE Energy, married 
and lives in Kennesaw. Ga. 

Amy Elizabeth Gewin 
St. Remain is a 
physical therapist at 


Rehabilitation Hospital 
of Southern Arizona, 
marhed and lives in 

Ryan Arthur Martin is 
employed at National 
Seating and Mobility in 
medical sales, married 
and lives in Spring, 


Tristan Mclnnis is a 
programmer at Tyler 
Technologies, married 
and lives in Dallas. 

Dr. John Parsley is a 
clinical psychologist in 
the United States Army, 
married and lives at 
Fort Knox, Ky. 


Ryan Perkins Stehr is 
a southwest field 
recruiter for The Jones 
Motor Group and 
volunteer wish granter 
for Make-A-Wish 
Foundation of LA. He 
is married and lives in 


Michael Ray Arnold is 
fireman for Pineville 
Fire Department and 
owner of Arnold's 
Nursery. He is married 
to Robin Nash Arnold 
('98) and lives in 


Philip John Brunwald is 
married to Rebecca 
Stahl Brunwald ('00) 
and currently serving in 
the United States Army. 

Maria Michelle Sawrie 
Swearengin is a social 
service counselor 4 at 
Northwest Louisiana 
Development Center, 
married and lives in 
Bossier City. 

Matthew Mularoni is a 
company commander 
in the Military Police 

Company with the 1" 
Calvary Division at Fort 

Mitzi Evelyne 
DeKeyzer Fairbanks is 
a kindergarten teacher 
at JB Nachman 
Elementary, married 
and lives in Alexandria. 

Cynthia Dionne 
Washington is a 
customer service 
representative for 
Cingular Wireless and 
lives in Norcross, Ga. 

Yolanda Leah Scott- 
Johnson is a medical 
analyst for Dr. Yvonne 
Scott-Miller. She is 
married to Terry 
Johnson ('98) and lives 
in Lawrenceville, Ga. 


Carin Link Wilson is an 
English, Speech and 
Drama teacher. She is 
married to Anthony 
Dean Wilson ('00) and 
lives in New Iberia. 

Leif Founds is vice 
president at Corporate 
Billing, Inc., married to 
Mitzi Murphy Founds 
(00) and lives in 
Birmingham, Ala. 


Bernetta Lorena 
Encalade Frazier is an 
accounting clerk/ 
bookkeeper, married to 
Christian Frazier ('00) 
and lives in Gretna. 

Christopher John 
Collier is a teacher/ 
coach at Woodlawn 
High School, marned 
to Jamie Marie Hughes 
Collier ('01) and lives in 
Denham Springs. 

Michael Robert 
Buchman is a company 
commander (CPT) in 
the United States Army. 

Jamie Marie Hughes 

Collier is an executive 
assistant at Baton 
Rouge Regional Eye 
Bank, married to 
Christopher John 
Collier ('01) and lives in 
Denham Springs. 


Tessia Norris Price is a 
marketing director at 
Alexandria USDA 
Federal Credit Union, 
married and lives in 

Danielle Nicole 
Chaudoir Gunter is an 
office manager at 
Robin Thibodeaux 
Trucking, married and 
lives in Lecompte. 

Amanda Dooley has 
been named security 
administrator in the 
information systems 
department at Peoples 
State Bank in Many. 


Kimberiy R. Huss is a 
homemaker, married 
and lives in Carthage, 

Christopher Paul 
Brumley is a systems 
support specialist in 
Electronic Learning at 

Ashley Brooke Cariine 
Williams is a senior lab 
technician for 
Albemarie Corporation, 
married and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 

Misty Lauren Garrett is 
coordinator of student 
life at Birmingham 
Southern College and 
lives in Hoover Ala. 

Jerod Ward is currently 
serving in the LA 
National Guard in Iraq 
and married to Rachel 
Smith Ward ('05). 

Jesse Alan Kambrickis 
a computer operator 

for the Louisiana Army 
National Guard and 
lives in Bossier City. 


Linda Danielle Held 
Morgan is a patient 
coordinator at Clarke 
Eye Care Center, 
married to Robert Terry 
Morgan ('02) and lives 
in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

Jennifer Mary Adams 
Allen is pursuing 
teacher certification at 
the University of 
Houston, married and 
lives in Peariand, 

A.J. Lukjanczuk is 
employed at Elon 
University as an 
assistant athletic 

Tiffany Trichell Dauzat 
is a reporter and 
photographer for the 
Marksville Weekly 
News and Avoyelles 
Journal, married and 
lives in Marksville. 

Julia Christine Dudley 
is a fine arts, music 
teacher and color 
guard instructor at 
North Avenue 
Intermediate School. 
She lives in Shiner, 

Jonathan L. Neel has 
been named Vice- 
President of 
information systems at 
Peoples State Bank in 

Aimee Nicole Bobo is 
an algebra I teacher 
and cheerieader 
sponsor at 
Fontainebleau High 
School and lives in 

Janelle LeAnne 
McCauley is an athletic 
trainer at St. Francis 
Cabrini Hospital-Sports 

Medicine and lives in 


Rachel Smith Ward is a 
law student at Loyola 
University of New 
Orieans School of Law 
and married to Jerod 
D. Ward ('03). She 
lives in Metairie. 

Dana Ivy is a legal 
assistant at Glast 
Phillip & Murray and 
lives in Irving, Texas. 

Jessica Briolo Fontenot 
is a four-year-old 
preschool teacher, 
married and lives in 

In Memory 

'39 Mrs. Frank C. 
Eason, Jr. 

'42 James E. Boswell 

'49 Philip DeTournillon 

'50 Don Danos 

'77 Eleanor McDaniel 

Dr. Glyn Jackson 

Ralph W. Elizey 

Oscar "O.C." Butler III 

Henrietta David 

Alumni Columns Winter 2005 / 15 

Alumni News 

Looking bacK 

The Ora Garland Williams 
Electronic Media Center, 
otherwise known as the TV Studio 
in Kyser Hall, underwent a major 
renovation in the spring of 2005. David 
Antilley, NSU News 22 Director and 
Producer, said that the studio is now "fully 
digital." "We've installed a new control 
room, new cameras, new editing 
equipment, and a new weather system that 
can be compared to a weather system of a 
small television market in a small town." 
The new weather system allows new 
satellite updates every 5 to 7 minutes. Also 
added to the studio were new graphics and 
audio equipment. Antilley said the 
University spent about $450,000 on these 

NSU 22 will celebrate its tenth 
anniversary in the spring of 2006. The TV 
Studio has come a long way since its first 
broadcast back in 1996, with one of the 
first things aired being President Webb's 
inauguration. Back then Antilley said the 
station only aired footage from satellite, 
"it was like MTV for the classic arts." 

Eventually the studio produced a weekly 
10 minute news broadcast that later 
evolved to a thirty-minute broadcast 3 
times a week, then to a broadcast 5 days a 
week. Currently, there is now a news 
broadcast on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
Students create the news packages with the 
goal of informing the students of NSU and 
the community of Natchitoches. In 

addition to the news, NSU 22 also provides 
a few student oriented shows; Demon Life, 
Demon Sports Today and a show hosted 
by President Webb and a student. 

Students are the manpower for NSU 
22 and other shows produced in the studio. 
Antilley said the more students we have 
the further we can take the shows we 

Guess Who? 

Congratulation to the "Guess Who?" 
winners who l^new the 1996 officers of 
the Wesley Westminster Foundation. 

Ms. Gloria Parrino — 96 

Do you know who these members of the Class of 
1956 Honor Court are? If so, be one of the first 
10 people to contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 
(318) 357-4414 and you could win a prize! 

Mrs. Dawn Miller- 


Mrs. Use Plaisance— 2000 

Brian Sweeters- 


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